UPDATE – Recent and ongoing humanitarian crises from around the world:

  • Ethiopia – Fighting in Tigray—which broke out in November 2020—has resulted in the deaths of thousands of people with approximately 2 million people displaced and a further 5 million now dependent on humanitarian aid. More than 400,000 people are now in famine with an estimated 1.8 million on the brink. Access to the region has been cut off following an attack on an aid convoy and the UN is warning that food rations could run out in a matter of days unless access is reinstated.
  • Bangladesh – Fourteen dead and 10,000 relocated as monsoon rains trigger landslides and flooding in a Rohingya refugee camp outside Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh.
  • Afghanistan – Thousands are now displaced, and many forced to flee, as the Taliban take control of many parts of Afghanistan following the withdrawal of U.S. and NATO forces. Women and children have made up almost half of all civilian casualties in the first six months of 2021.

*Updated 29 July 2021


Some of the world’s poorest communities live in the most disaster-prone areas. Poverty makes these families more vulnerable to disasters because they can’t protect themselves. And, after a disaster, they lack the resources to respond and rebuild effectively. It’s a vicious cycle.

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